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Friday, 1 January 2010

The Party

Good afternoon on the start of a new year and a new decade, welcome to you all, and to my new followers, its very nice to know you are out there!  I hope you have all had a great time over the festive period and looking forward to new beginnings.

Arranging a surprise party proved more involved than I anticipated - but I was sooo pleased with the outcome. 

My planning began back in October when I decided a surprise 80th party for my Mum would be a good idea, I wanted it to be like a Tea Party, I was determined to make a rich fruit cake and decorate it as Mum had made and iced our wedding cake 29 years ago.  As you may recall, it didn't all go smoothly, the first roses I made flopped, but I carried on practising.  I sought advice from a cake shop lady and practiced trellis work.  It took three attempts to get the royal icing smooth on top - but I got there

would you like to see the result?

Ta dah!

I was so relieved, the night before I iced it I hardly slept and had to get up at the crack of dawn to start because I just WANTED IT DONE!
The little white rose on the board was made by my daughter and we didn't want to leave it out.

I enjoyed Christmas, but was a little side tracked thinking about the last minute preparations and worrying about the weather, no good having a party if the guests can't get there!  In fact, my Aunt and Uncle who were coming from France couldn't come in the end because of the weather and travel disruptions, but they rang instead, which was lovely

On the day, my lovely daughter and sister-in-law were in charge of the sandwiches and a fine job they did too, and I made the floral decorations

a clever lady arrived to make a balloon arch

there was just time to dress up before the guests started arriving and then we had to wait for my brother to arrive with Mum, they were travelling down the M25 which was really slow and my nephew kept texting my son saying how far away they were, it was really exciting

When they pulled up on the drive all the guests kept quiet in the lounge and Mum came into the hall chatting about her christmas with my brother and his family, with no idea at all of what was about to happen.  She took off her coat and I took her hand and said lets go into the lounge opened the door and everyone shouted Happy Birthday!

she was so shocked I thought for a minute she might keel over!! 

it was a great moment

we had a lovely time catching up with relatives we hadn't seen for ages and friends and close family and the time flew by

I felt so happy at the end of it all and a little emotional, the weeks of planning paid off and it felt really good, to have pulled off such a great surprise!

Mum still is floating on air and can't believe all those people turned up for her.. she says thats it, now she is 80 she is handing over cake making to me because she was so impressed with my effort!

The balloon arch is still surviving to remind us of the day!

It was a nice way to end 2009. 

Happy New Year to you all!

Speak soon xx


  1. The cake looks delicious and your roses make it very special.
    Your mother wil never ever forget this surprise party and neither will you
    You have created a beautiful memory!

    I send you my best wishes for 2010!
    I hope it will be a good, colourful and creative year!

    ~x~ Karin

  2. Hello Kim!
    Wow! That's all I can say. Your cake well it was absolutely beautiful. I bet your Mom was really pleased - what a treat for her. Flowers and balloons too! Your room looked gorgeous with the balloon arch. Oh I am pleased you've shared these photos with us. It's really nice to see how everything went for your Mom and you! We've been on the journey with you, hearing all about your attempts and practise runs with the icing! So pleased because it turned out fabulous in the end. WEll worth the determination to get it right. You certainly did make a lovely surprise for your Mom I bet she was absolutely over the moon. What with your Hubby's birthday treat Centre Parc, practise runs on the icing, getting ready for Christmas, then the party. My goodness you have been soo....busy. Please take a rest. I bet you are exhausted.
    Really, really pleased for you. I am really so chuffed everything went well for you all.
    Hugs and Love Suex
    I'm late 2.00am guess what I've been doing..... ???? Nitey Nite. I don't expect your're up!

  3. What a lovely post...it sounds as if your Mum's party was a huge success and what a truly stunning cake!!!
    Well done it is/was gorgeous:-)
    Take care,

  4. Wow, am very impressed about the cake and the party, that was a fantastic sweet thing to do! Yes, am desperate about learning to chrochet, have tried so many times but it seems that my head just doesn't get it..am dreaming of making all kinds of things.

  5. Wow - what a BEAUTIFUL cake - well done you! I've just been reading through your whole blog, a lovely way to spend my Sunday morning. I'll come back and visit often.

  6. The cake is wonderful. And what a beautiful idea the surprise party was. Pat yourself on the back!!!

  7. wow! the cake looks fantastic - well done
    i'm curious about the balloon arch though - how on earth does it stay up??!

  8. Hi Kim,
    I blog hopped to your blog from "Helsie Happenings". Your cake was stunning! It's just beautiful! I bet your Mom was thrilled. And the flowers on the cake and the table setting - just WOW! And what a clever idea to do the balloons in an arc over the table. I will have to remember that for the next shindig. Thanks for sharing. I will sign up to be a followers of your blog.

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)